Stories, Two Katas & History of "The Way"
What is Zen, a Zen Garden & monks have to do with karate? Some kids visit Japan to find out...
We bow in and out when class starts and ends. This is connected to "Do" in karate, a time to sit still and learn to control yourself, as control of yourself and acting with a clear mind is one of the main goals of karate.
In karate we develop our mind through performing kicks and punches but also thinking about things ins "seiza" and doing "mokuso", which is the formal sitting position used in Japan, by Samurai and by Zen monks.
Zen monks use this sort of sitting for hours to discipline the minds and body . In this video see kids visit the most famous Zen garden temple in Japan - Ryoanji.
Japan's Oldest Dojo
Where did karate come from?
Who founded Shito-ryu & Shotokan?
What is "Do" in Karate-D0?
Hugh & Kate Interviewed at Japan's Oldest dojo in Kyoto:
Karate came from a small Island South of Japan called Okinawa. It moved to Japan about 110 years ago.
See Hugh & Kate tell you a little about how the oldest dojo in Japan has a place in that story. We also explore the meaning of "Do" and "Budo".
Video taken in Japan with Western kids visiting Uetake sensei (8th Dan who lives and teaches in Himeji Japan).
Bow Out Tips by a Japanese Master to kids visiting Japan
How do I use my hands when bowing in and out?
How straight should I sit?
How should I hold my shoulders?
We bow in and out when class starts and ends. This is connected to "Do" in karate, a time to sit still and learn to control yourself, as control of yourself and acting with a clear mind is one of the main goals of karate (see also the below video on the most famous Zen garden temple).
How do I tie my karate belt?
After 7 years and age we expect kids in the Traditional Japanese Karate Network to be able to tie their belts once they are a yellow belt. This is often part of their belt test for a new rank.
There a a few ways to tie a karate belt, this video shows one way and the triangle type appearance of the final knot is the most important thing, regardless of which way you do it.
(video includes adult and kids versions/commentary)
This article will be uploaded in the last week of Jan 2019...
A research article on kids, learning models & karate
This article by Grant Ribbink Senpai, looks into some of the research done on childhood learning, age development & relates some of the models to karate.
In particular its looks at the work of Paiget, the GRR model and gamification and physical abilities at certain ages/levels.
Authored by Grant Ribbink senpai, he has had over 30 years in the martial arts spanning goju, aikido & Shotokan (with the largest portion of his training time being in Stan Schidmt's Shotokan organization in South Africa). This work was done as a "theory component" of Grant senpai's 3rd degreee black belt test and leverages some of his interest in learning from his work at Microsoft.